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Dow Advances Technology, Efficiency and Capacity of Monopropylene Glycol by 15% in Stade

Published on 2010-12-02. Author : SpecialChem

STADE, Germany -- The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has increased its monopropylene glycol (MPG) capacity by 15 percent, an additional 35 kilotons per annum (KTA), in the Stade, Germany plant after completion of an advanced energy improvement and technology optimization project.

"The investment in our Stade Propylene Glycol (PG) unit exemplifies Dow's commitment to innovative technology and continued growth in reliable, high-quality PG manufacturing to help meet our customers' evolving needs," said John Smith, Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycols global business director for Dow. "This capacity provides Dow with greater flexibility and reliability in meeting the demand growth of our strategic customers in Europe and across the globe."

The Stade expansion was completed in August 2010 during planned maintenance and raises the plant's propylene glycol nameplate capacity to approximately 270 KTA.

Dow is one of the global capacity leaders in propylene oxide (PO) and PG manufacturing, with global PO capacity of over 2,000 KTA and global PG capacity of over 700 KTA. Dow has five global PG manufacturing facilities -- including the Stade plant, which is one of the world's largest capacity plants, two facilities in North America, a facility in Brazil, and another in Australia.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is one of the world's largest producers of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is one of the leading producers of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI and TDI. Dow's polyurethane products enhance a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, furniture, bedding, appliance, decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business provides key ingredients, systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols exemplify Dow's ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical consumer needs.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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